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The "Nigerian prince" email scam is one of the most notorious cybercimes out there, and the people behind it may have hit a bit of a snag after one of their alleged co-conspirators was arrested in Louisiana on Thursday.

Police arrested a 67-year-old man in Slidell, Louisiana after an 18-month investigation in connection with Nigerian prince email scams. The man is suspected of being a middle-man for a group in Nigeria that used the Nigerian prince email scam to get money from unsuspecting people, the Slidell Police Department announced on Facebook.

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere has never been known to remain quiet. As New Year`s Eve approaches, it`s been no different.

In an annual memo posted to the T-Mobile blog, Mr. Legere offers up his raw opinions on the passing year and includes several predictions about the future. 

The biggest takeaway: Legere is excited about T-Mobile`s 5G internet development. "One of the most under-reported stories for 2017 is the 600 MHz auction," he says in the post, referring to the FCC`s spectrum auction in April.

"While [Verizon and AT&T] focus on 5G hotspots that won’t work when you leave your home, we will be the only ones on the fast-track toward a real, mobile nationwide 5G network in 2020 – and have already started deploying 5G ready equipment," he says. Read more...

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He paid the price.

A London Tube passenger this week snagged his inner-thigh and penis in the fare gate while trying to jump over the barriers to avoid paying. The jumper remained stuck and screaming for several minutes while authorities struggled to dislodge him.

A video of the incident was posted on Facebook Thursday:

The man, who was yelling in pain while commuters looked on, received some assistance from London Underground workers, British Transit Police, and passersby, who appeared to be relieving pressure from the affected area, as well as trying to lift him out. Read more...

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If you keep a phone around long enough, it becomes a vestige of an old version of yourself, or even many former versions of yourself. 

Regrettable texts, untouched apps, and pointless screenshots are scattered on its internal storage. The cloud makes it worse by making these files available even when we get a new phone. It`s a gigantic mess that`s never worth sorting through, especially when it`s so easy to bring back the old files. 

But my iPhone X has given me a new lease on life. Rather than backing up my musty old data from Apple, I`m just letting it go. No old apps. No old contacts. Nothing`s old. It`s a completely fresh start.  Read more...

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As Vice President Mike Pence and his wife were undoubtedly enjoying their vacation at a house in Aspen, Colorado this week, their neighbors shared a very important message with them written on a rainbow-colored banner: Make America Gay Again.

#Aspen neighbors to VP @mike_pence — Make America Gay Again. Couple hangs banner outside shared drivewayhttps://t.co/Ldef4h1G8U via @JasonAuslander #LBGT pic.twitter.com/x3EctSJsOB

— Aspen Times (@TheAspenTimes) December 29, 2017

The Pence family`s neighbors hung the above banner on a pillar at the end of the two houses` shared driveway, The Aspen Times reported Friday. The words are a riff on President Donald Trump`s campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," but serve as a clear message to Pence who has openly held anti-LGBTQ beliefs during his time in the public office. Read more...

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It`s been a rough month for Apple.

The company has been embroiled in a controversy stemming from its decision to purposely slow down older iPhones to increase battery performance. Apple issued an apology to its customers for the miscommunication, and it also promised to replace affected batteries starting in late January.

Now, Apple is going a step further by making discounted battery replacements available immediately.

Starting today, Apple is lowering the price of iPhone battery replacements from 79 to 29. The company had promised this deal when it first issued its apology on Friday, but the company just updated its website to remove mention of the "late-January" start date for the program. Read more...

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Winter is most definitely here, which means most people are relishing the idea of bundling up in multiple layers while watching TV. 

Other people have a different idea they are more inclined to explore outdoors and shoot photos of snowflakes.

Michael Peres is one of those people. He enjoys posted photos on on his Instagram of stunning and intricate snowflakes. 

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During a cold and snowy soccer match in Scotland Friday, a fight broke out between the two teams` fans — a snowball fight.

After a scoreless first half between Scottish Championship league teams St. Mirren and Dundee United, fans from both sides began packing up snowballs and hurling them at each other across the corner of the field, bringing a little of their own fun to an otherwise dreary day.

❄️ Snowball fight now between St Mirren and Dundee United fans 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/uWnW6vYoEC

— Ross MacDonald (@RossMixDonald) December 29, 2017

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If you bought a brand new iPhone this year, you weren`t alone.

The iPhone was once again the best-selling tech product of the year, according to a USA Today report. What`s more impressive is that the sales numbers were far superior than any other tech product on the list.

The runner-up on this year`s list wasn`t even close. USA Today reports that Samsung followed Apple with combined sales of its Galaxy S8 and Note 8 phones, but only sold a measly 33 million in comparison.

In fact, Apple sold more iPhone units than the next four items on the best-selling list combined. It was a complete blowout.  Read more...

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At the end of 2016, we naively hoped 2017 would be better. Instead, 2017 turned out to be so bad that we`re basically dreading 2018. Because if there`s one thing we learned this year, it`s that no matter how awful things get, they can still get worse. 

And yet. 

The other big lesson we got this year was that even at the worst of times, there`s always gonna be stuff to love, and still more stuff to look forward to loving. 

So, sure, 2018 is probably gonna suck. But it won`t be all bad, and we know that because there are at least 27 things we expect to be freakin` awesome over the next 12 months. Read more...

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From dating app accessories to cookie-icing robots, we rounded up some of the most unique gadgets of 2017—that nobody asked for. Read more...

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As you consider all your potential New Year`s resolutions, maybe it`s time to consider whether you really love your job, or if it`s time to try something new. If you do decide to commit to a career change, Project Management is a totally practical option. And who said practical can`t be cool, amirite?

Project Management was one of the most in-demand skills of 2017, so it`s a safe bet it`ll be high in 2018, too. Another plus is that you don`t need any relevant work experience to get started. The eduCBA Project Management & Quality Management Bundle is the perfect way to get the comprehensive training you want on your own schedule. Read more...

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Every time you do something online — whether it`s shopping, searching Google, downloading apps, or more — leaves a trail of data that`s rife with patterns and trends. The trick is being able to sort through it all. That`s too big of a job for just Dave the data guy, and thus, the importance of data science teams has exploded in recent years. 

It`s really no surprise that data science is quickly emerging as one of the fastest growing fields out there — and skilled analytics professionals, who know how to use tools to cull meaning out of large data sets are in great demand across nearly every single industry. You could break into this lucrative and rewarding field too with this Complete Data Science Certification Training BundleRead more...

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Ergonomic peripherals — a fancy term for more comfortable computer accessories — are the next big thing. Everyone seems to be using standing desks these days, and more ergonomic mice and keyboards sneak into bestseller lists every year. These products are designed to promote your health and comfort, and to avoid Carpal Tunnel, repetitive strain injuries and other common office afflictions. 

Enter the Evoluent VerticalMouse 4, a mouse which purportedly "avoids forearm twisting for comfort and good health."

Yeah, that picture you`re looking at is not photoshopped, and your eyes aren`t deceiving you. They literally took a mouse and flipped it on its side.  Read more...

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It`s bitterly cold across parts of the U.S. and Canada right now, and the freezing temps aren`t going away anytime soon

The bright side? Pretty pictures. In Chicago, people captured stunning images of their frozen city. And the images hitting Instagram from Niagara Falls have been beautiful. 

I mean, look at these photos, which went viral after journalist Muhammad Lila posted them on Twitter: 

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For years, "swatting" has been a vicious prank played on video game streamers, and it was only a matter of time before someone died as a result.

On Thursday night, a Wichita police officer shot a man, Andrew Finch, in his home. Police now believe that the department deployed the team based on a fake tip made by a Twitch streamer. 

According to the Wichita Eagle, Police Chief Troy Livingston said a call came in that a family argument had broken out, the father had been shot, and the shooter was holding the rest of the family hostage. 

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What do Lorde and Pastor Joel Osteen have in common? 

Not much at all, if we`re being honest, but the two were roped in a hilarious holiday prank thanks to some witty parenting. 

Twitter user Jorji Kellogg shared a present on social media of a card from her parents and a ticket to see none other than megachurch superstar Joel Osteen. The catch? She had asked for Lorde tickets, not an experience with the Lord (you know, the one from the Bible). 

I asked for Lorde tickets. Not The Lordpic.twitter.com/toQbP2Z1nu

— Jorji Kellogg (@JorjiIsAwesome) December 27, 2017

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If it hasn`t already been proven that Chance the Rapper is more than just a rapper, let the case close on this once and for all. 

The Chicago native hopped online on Friday to share pitch a movie to the good people of Twitter and attempt to crowdsource a film, 280 characters at a time. His idea is an interesting, and uh, timely, one. It`s about, drumroll please, Donald Trump. 

In brief tweets, Chance laid down the basic premise of the future Hollywood blockbuster. 

Alright I gotta movie pitch: a thread

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 29, 2017

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Confusing a major American airport for a Taiwanese travel hub seems unlikely in official government documents, but that`s exactly what happened with Taiwan`s new e-passports.

An exterior shot of Washington Dulles International from the American capital made it onto the background of Taiwan`s newly issued digital passports. It was supposed to be a shot of Taoyuan International Airport.

Here`s the since-recalled passport: 

Taiwan to recall passports with erroneous Dulles Airport image https://t.co/zyltSgv8Yf pic.twitter.com/TDbkD9MkR3

— 張Will (@2880e014) December 27, 2017

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For years, "swatting" has been a vicious prank played on video game streamers, and it was only a matter of time before someone died as a result.

Thursday night, a Wichita SWAT team shot a man, Andrew Finch, in his home. Police now believe that the department deployed the team based on a fake tip made by a Twitch streamer. 

According to the Wichita Eagle, Police Chief Troy Livingston said a call came in that a family argument had broken out, the father had been shot, and the shooter was holding the rest of the family hostage. 

More about Culture, Death, Video Games, Swatting, and Andrew Finch

Happy belated holidays from Jay-Z (and Beyoncé) — and about a million more of your favorite industry heavyweights.

"Family Feud" featuring Beyonce off of Jay`s latest studio album 4:44 gets a stunning visual treatment, directed by Ava DuVernay and starring everyone from Mindy Kaling to Janet Mock to Jessica Chastain to Thandie Newton to Moonlight`s Trevante Rhodes to Michael B. Jordan to Blue Ivy herself and oh my goodness, I`m running out of breath. 

Safe to say everyone with Tidal (honestly, this might be worth the plunge if you haven`t made it already) who`s seen the eight minute short film/music video had a meltdown on Twitter.  Read more...

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Steve Jobs was many things, but trademarked he was not. At least, that`s how a court ruled in a two-year-long legal battle between Apple and the company that can now officially call itself Steve Jobs Inc. 

Steve Jobs Inc. was founded by two Italian brothers, Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato, according to Business Insider Italia (via Quartz). The brothers told Business Insider that as aspiring innovators, they hoped to name their company after the most excellent innovator, Steve Jobs.  

The company registered its name in 2012, with what is now the European Intellectual Property Office. That same year, Apple fought the trademark application.  Read more...

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This photoshop says a thousand words, all of which are "help."

For Twitter user`s @Bornmiserable`s latest creation, he swapped photos of the real Trump with his now legendary Disney animatronic figure. The result was just as upsetting as you always imagined it would be.

@BornMiserable says it`s an improvement, which I cannot independently verify as this image has turned me into stone.

"I`ve done several Trump Photoshops and when I saw that animatronic figure, I just thought it would make more sense to put it in place of him — just about as much of a human being as he is," @BornMiserable told Mashable. Read more...

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There are currently many, many people trying to sue the pants off Apple. But commercial law experts predict that if the company ends up on trial, it may come out on top. 

Before we get too deep into this, it`s important to understand the backstory: On Dec. 20, Apple confirmed a rumor that it does, in fact, slow down iPhones to prevent unexpected shutdowns from old, unstable batteries. 

Two days later, lawsuits were filed in California and Illinois. Over the next few weeks, civil and criminal charges piled on, from Israel, Europe, Asia, New York, California, and Texas9to5Mac reports that the company faces over 15 class-action lawsuits as of today.  Read more...

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Move over ethereum and litecoin — ripple is suddenly the hot new cryptocurrency. 

But ripple is different. It can`t be mined. It can`t be used to go shopping. And it`s operated by a private company.

Ripple is still far smaller than bitcoin, the reigning king of cryptocurrencies, but it`s had a remarkable 2017. Ripple has increased by 29,000 percent in the past 12 months, pushing its value to more than 70 billion. In comparison, bitcoin — which has had a notably successful, if volatile, year — has risen by over 1,400 percent to a value of 245 billion. 

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Blockchain had a big 2017

The technology upon which bitcoin operates is suddenly the hot new thing. Acolytes believe it will change how we conduct business, elections, and even finding a mate (more on that later). Suddenly, there’s a blockchain startup for just about everything.

As much as we wish we could, we can’t write about them all. But when thinking back on the year, our email inboxes were so often filled with blockchain pitches that the topic itself deserved attention. 

In trying to capture this craziness, we have put together some of our favorite blockchain pitches of 2017 in an attempt to provide you with an idea of just how much of a gold rush we’re witnessing. Some of these pitches are pretty good; others are decidedly not good. As you`ll see below, we awarded each of them with a superlative, included the subject line, and abridged versions of the email. Read more...

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Ominous, high-hanging icicles have turned Apple`s sleek, MacBook-inspired waterfront store in Chicago into a potentially perilous environment. 

Apple has cordoned off, with caution tape and signage, vulnerable areas where the sharp ice could fall. Chicago blogger Matt Maldre first spotted the architectural mishap, brought on by this winter`s severe Arctic blast.

The architectural company Foster + Partners designed the carbon fiber roof to mimic a flat MacBook Pro laptop. They even emblazoned an Apple logo atop the roof — just like on the actual devices.  Read more...

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There comes a moment in any digital revolution when its most ardent mansplaining soldiers become so insufferably, unapologetically obnoxious, a resistance is born.

Currently, there is a growing opposition to cryptocurrency in all its forms. Many, many people are getting very weary of all the Bitcoin Boys, Ethereumytes, and some litecoin hanger-ons. 

Sometimes a resistance is powerful enough to strike fatal blow, but most of the time it only lands soft blows against the opposition`s hoodie choices

This movement is different. Unlike past insurgencies, much of the opposition isn`t centered on the technology itself; it`s hard to get emotional about blockchain technology. Instead people have a problem with the breathtaking arrogance of its most loyal defenders, who love to brag that bitcoin is a "democratic movement," all while using the most inaccessible, erudite language they can. Read more...

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Forget the fantastic beasts – the latest photos from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald are all about fabulous coats.

There are shiny ones and woolly ones, patterned ones and tweedy onesFantastic Beasts may pit good against evil, but the one thing both sides have in common, apparently, is a passion for fine outerwear.

Johnny Depp and Poppy Corby-Tuech in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Johnny Depp and Poppy Corby-Tuech in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Image: Jaap Buitendijk / Warner bros.

First, though, let`s get this out of the way: Yes, Depp is still in this thing. Yes, this still seems like a terrible idea, J.K. Rowling`s bizarre statement notwithstanding.  Read more...

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Even though 2017 sometimes felt like a slow descent into madness, some truly amazing things happened this year as well.

But not all of them were on Earth. 

From a total solar eclipse to an interstellar asteroid, space news was filled with incredible stories in 2017. 

Here are our top-5 favorites:

A total solar eclipse darkened skies across the U.S.

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The winter of 2017-18 has recently become a throwback to the winters of yore — the ones your parents told you about. You know, back when they had to walk uphill both ways to school in the blinding snow and 0-degree temperatures? 

This time around, it`s not just the severity of the cold that`s getting to people. It`s also the duration. The most reliable computer model projections show round after round of Arctic air moving from northern Canada down into the Midwest and then crashing into the Eastern U.S. through at least Jan. 10. There`s the possibility of a warmup of sorts dancing like a mirage on the long-term horizon after that, but that`s a less reliable extended-range forecast.  Read more...

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In 2013, James Altucher called bitcoin “a fad, or a scam, or a ponzi scheme, or worse.”

Now, he’s become the face of the bitcoin bubble, appearing in ads across the internet touting the cryptocurrency — along with his paid newsletters with titles like, “Bitcoin Expert Reveals 3-Step Secret To Retire Rich.”

Altucher is just one of a growing number of internet self-help gurus that have embraced bitcoin as the future, a way for you — yes, you — to get rich. It`s a pitch built on a dangerous combination: Dreams of riches and ignorance of a new, highly volatile market.

And all you have to do is subscribe to their newsletters.  Read more...

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2017 is almost done, and it`s definitely safe to say that this year President Trump kept up one of his most infamous hallmarks: insulting people on Twitter.

Or, if you`re a Trump supporter, he`s "just keeping it real u liberal snowflake lol #MAGA."

Besides taking shots at the likes of Meryl Streep, LaVar Ball, and his biggest nemesis, the media, Trump branched out as the Commander-in-Chief and decided to start taking shots at, you know, actual government officials and organizations.

"But this is nothing new!" one might say.

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If you`re currently residing in an area where temperatures are below zero, you are not alone. 

As a deep freeze settles in across America, there are so many people who are currently colder than you — and that alone should give you solace.

All across the country except in beautiful sunny, better Los Angeles (sorry New York), temperatures are dropping into the teens and below. In times like this, all the internet has is each other.

Thursday morning, temperatures dropped below 32 degrees in Watertown, New YorkIn the mountains in New Hampshire, temperatures have dropped to -34. Chicago has been nicknamed Chiberia (which is frankly disrespectful to Siberia, where one city is currently -45 degreesPlease read my article). Read more...

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Turns out, Reddit makes for a pretty good lost and found.

On Thursday night, a Reddit user posted on the Nintendo Switch subreddit, saying that they found a Nintendo Switch and contacted Nintendo on what to do next, asking fellow redditors what other measures could be taken.

An hour and 15 minutes later, a Reddit user posted on the Nintendo Switch subreddit, saying that they left their Nintendo Switch on a bus at the Frankfurt International Airport in Germany.

It turns out the the two people were talking about the same Switch.

The person who lost their Switch, Pizzaboxmonster, was hoping to reach the driver of the bus with the title of their post: "I lost my Switch at Frankfurt International Airport (Germany)! Please if you’re the driver of the bus, I’ll be eternally grateful and bring you chocolates." Read more...

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Just when you think you`ve seen every single video possible of someone falling down, a new one shows up to convince you that the internet is full of wonders. 

Redditor nearlearl was serving as a groomsman at a wedding, when gravity reared its ugly head and brought the floor up to meet his poor face. 

He was brave in the aftermath, posting about it on Reddit and giving more detail. 

"Pastor said he was going to give a `quick` 20-minute sermon that became 40+ minutes," he wrote. "I had a terrible breakfast and next to no sleep, I locked my knees and shortly after woke up on the floor."

Unfortunately, it sounds like it hurt him pretty bad.  Read more...

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Current wait time for a pair of Hamilton tickets is approximately >100 centuries. But you can see it sooner if you aren`t ashamed of your browsing history

There is a faster way to see the Broadway smash hit/cultural force, and it`s all because of the thankless work of trolls. Recently, internet pirates have been uploading videos of one of the original productions of Hamilton to PornHub, under titles like "REVOLUTIONARY TWINKS HAVE HISTORICAL FUN."

It doesn`t take PornHub long to take down the videos, and the current clip available ends in the first act. Still, it`s something to see.  Read more...

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Despite all the bad that has happened in 2017, Barack Obama is going into the New Year with a positive attitude, and he wants everyone else to do the same.

On Friday morning in an attempt to restore America`s faith in humanity, the former President of the United States shared an inspiring and much-needed mini-thread of good news stories on Twitter.

"As we count down to the new year, we get to reflect and prepare for what’s ahead," Obama wrote, reminding everyone that despite the overwhelming amount of bad news this year America did have a lot to be proud of. Read more...

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On What`s Your Mutt?, we test the doggy DNA of one pooch to reveal its exact breed mix and genetic makeup, once and for all! Don`t miss the shocking results of our “pawternity” tests, each week!

Aside from being furry, cuddly and cute, no one knows exactly what Tobi is. Today, we reveal her specific breed makeup, and her owner is shocked by the results!

Subscribe for more episodes!

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Things still aren`t looking great for Apple. Three individuals in Texas have filed a class action lawsuit against the company for purposefully slowing down older phones

The suit is the first of its kind to come from Texas, reports Patently Apple, and was filed on behalf of all owners of the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, or iPhone 7 Plus who have updated to iOS 10 or beyond

The individuals, Mark Miller, Chris Spearman, and Craig Stanford, of McKinney, Dallas, and Grand Saline respectively, have filed the suit on three counts: fraudulent omission, negligent misrepresentation/omission, and tortious interference with property rights.  Read more...

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Warning: The following post contains spoilers for Black Mirror Season 4, episode 1, "U.S.S. Callister."

After three seasons of exploring the perverse perils and promise of technology, we know what we`re signing up for with Black Mirror. In its fourth season – second on Netflix – Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones` twisted reflection of our society works like a well-oiled machine; they`re adept at quick world building, judicious with plot twists, and clearly full of endless ideas on how technology may unravel us yet.

The Season 4 premiere, "U.S.S. Callister," opens with a pitch-perfect Star Trek parody that gives an irresistible glimpse into the showrunners` comedy background. Jesse Plemons plays Captain Richard Daley with a sly but not campy dash of William Shatner`s James Kirk. Daley is adored by his crew and feared by his enemies; he always chooses the right course of action and saves the day, winning everyone`s admiration and a few kisses from the females aboard the Callister (fun space fact: one of those is actress Michaela Coel, who also plays a small part in the Resistance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Read more...

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Another year of smartphones will be upon us soon.

We`ll likely see new versions of all of 2017`s major flagship Android phones. But when can you expect them to come out? How long will you have to wait? A newly leaked list might have revealed 2018`s roadmap.

The phone sleuths at GSMArena picked up what appears to be a list of upcoming phones that will be powered by Qualcomm`s Snapdragon 845 chip. 

Though the list, posted to China`s Weibo (like every leak) social network, can`t be verified, the timeline seems to match up with what we`d expect from an annual release cycle. Even so, you shouldn`t base any purchasing decisions on this list; it could turn out to be completely wrong. Read more...

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Kidrunner is an all-terrain kid jogger that attaches a child-sized buggy to the back of an adult. Read more...

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Have you heard of cryptojacking? It`s the practice of secretly using your computer`s resources to mine cryptocurrency without the user`s permission. 

Typically, you`ll see the practice on shady websites — popular Bittorrent site The Pirate Bay appears to have experimented with it at one point — but a cryptojacking program has recently been found in a popular Chrome extension. 

BleepingComputer reports that Archive Poster, a Chrome extension that helps Tumblr users reblog and repost from other blogs, also runs Coinhive, a cryptojacking program that secretly mines the cryptocurrency Monero using your CPU.  Read more...

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that dogs are not just pets. They`re a core part of the family. 

That`s why this excellent father treated his daughter`s dog like a grandchild when she was away over the holidays. 

Meghan Specksgoor tweeted screenshots of her dad`s text updates about Chance the dog`s wellbeing. And he was quite the model dogsitter. 

Dear everyone: this is how to absolutely crush it at dogsitting. 

In the texts, Specksgoor`s father referred to himself as the dog`s "grandpa," which is really rather sweet. 

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After a period of tremendous growth, the banking-oriented cryptocurrency Ripple has overtaken Ethereum and is currently the second largest coin in terms of market cap behind Bitcoin. 

Ripple`s price rose 42.7 percent in the last 24 hours alone according to CoinMarketCap, with its market cap surging to 73.6 billon. 

This is the first time a cryptocurrency has overtaken Ethereum since May 2017, when Ripple quickly surged in price before cooling off at the end of the month. Read more...

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News flash: Coffee tastes better when it`s iced. It just does. Luckily, there`s the Hyperchiller, a genius device that cools liquids in less than a minute. The only thing better than one HyperChiller is two. Lucky for you, this HyperChiller Coffee Chiller: 2-Pack is on sale.

While cold brew is delicious, it takes all day to steep — and if you`re looking to cool down a hot cup of coffee, dumping ice cubes into your mug is just going to dilute the flavor. Same goes for white wine. Read more...

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Burnt spuds, overcooked sprouts and dry turkey are just a few of the standard Christmas dinner complaints. But, sometimes our festive dinners don`t exactly turn out as planned. 

This dad from Sligo, Ireland, was less than enthused at the puny size of the turkey served up to him on Christmas day. 

After staring with confusion at a tiny roasted bird on his plate, the dad asks: "Who killed the fuckin` blackbird?" 

"The turkey didn`t grow," his daughter Josephine replied. (You can say that again! The bird is tiny)  

"Is that what we`re all having?" asks another family member in the background, equally unimpressed by the turkey.  Read more...

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Most years, December is the time you justify your procrastination by gift shopping, reviewing essential "Best Of" lists, and planning extremely well-deserved holiday vacations. However, in staying true to its persistent weirdness, 2017`s December made cryptocurrency one of the trendiest, most distraction-worthy subjects of the year. While a single bitcoin reached nearly 20,000 in value, many other cryptocurrencies saw similarly optimistic gains, and the news cycle turned towards teenage millionairesLike, what is this world we live in? Read more...

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